Judging the 1990's and 1920's you have to admit the Twenties were better if only because they got named.
The Roaring Twenties
|Singer Helen Kane (l), cartoon character Betty Boop (m), and Actress Clara Bow (r).|
There were remarkably few wars, the biggest was the Turkish War of Independence that followed the British, French, and Greek partition of the Ottoman Empire.
The transportation revolution caused by the auto industry added with the stock market bubble caused by Republican laissez-faire policies (that would result in the Great Depression) made everyone feel free and rich.
Writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were at the top of a literary revolution unparalleled in the English language since. Radio began a completely new art form in the decade.
The automobile granted everybody the freedom to leave the farms or the half dozen blocks of the neighborhood and see the world. Even Prohibition, the only amendment to the Constitution intended to restrict freedom had the opposite effect where drinking alcohol ceased to be a sin and started being an act of rebellion.
Not everything was rosy in the decade. The Ku Klux Klan became a force in the 1920's. The freedom of the Harlem Renaissance was balanced by Jim Crow laws and lynchings in the South. Fascists took power in Italy. And those same Republican policies that caused the prosperity of the 1920's led to the economic collapse of the Great Depression.